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    March 17, 2013
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i think we have seen huge improvements in the training of nurses, but i think what we have to get back to is making sure the care and be patient care is absolutely at the heart of nursing. you cannot be a good nurse without those things, and i think we need to return to those values. >> prime minister, i do not expect you to know the full
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details -- >> we have to get rid of this bad habit of member is using the word "you." "you" refers to the chair. >> i do not expect you to know the full details or be directly irresponsible, -- responsible, but what about a senior management being offered 5%. >> id is a matter for the national authority. it is not a matter for me. but public sector pay, we have frozen at 1%, and we do think that is fair, and what i think is interesting about the party opposite is that they support that 1% increase for public- sector workers, but they think that people on welfare should get more than 1%. that seems like an extraordinary amount. is tooever alcohol
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cheap, more people died. does the prime minister wish to reduce mortality and cut violent crime? with the need to understand the evidence behind minimum pricing and how abandoning this, this policy would critically undermine future efforts of those who want to do something about it? >> i am always happy to meet my honorable friend. we have that members of conversations about this over the last 2.5 years. there is an issue with discounted alcohol in some stores, and i know we will deal with it. we are looking at the consultation and responds to those. we have to look at having this available in supermarkets. it has got to change. >> thank you, mr. speaker. i am sure the prime minister is aware of the pension action group. today, we are meeting with them outside at 12:30, and we would
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like to invite the prime minister to join a cross-party group who will be meeting on this important date, the fourth anniversary of their campaign. >> i look carefully at what the honorable lady says. i have got a meeting almost straight after with the meeting of her party, so it may not be possible to rearrange my diary, but can i say how important it is that we support pensioners and that they achieve proper dignity in old age. >> mike thornton. >> will the prime minister agree with me that the results where labour failed to gain it shows that the leader of the opposition policies, they are completely and utterly, completely and utterly without any support in the country as a whole? i welcome the honorable
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gentleman. i welcome the honorable gentleman's comments, and i think he will get along just fine. [captions copyright national cable satellite corp. 2013] [captioning performed by national captioning institute] watching "prime minister's questions." because of the time, it will be at wednesday at 8:00 a.m., at you can see it on c-span or watch any time at c-span.org, where you can find video, of the other "prime minister's questions" and british programs. gingrich and minnesota representative michele bachmann at the political action conference. after that, "q&a" with fred barnes from "the weekly standard." then, another chance to see david cameron.
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>> the conservative political action conference ended yesterday this morning -- ended yesterday. we talked with a reporter from politico about the gathering. host: we also want to get more on the cpac conference. we were live thursday, friday, and yesterday. all of the speeches are available on our website, c- span.org, and the straw poll looking at 2016 candidates, senator rand paul, who kicked off the cpac conference, closely followed by senator marco rubio. rick santorum, coming in third, governor chris christie at number four, representative paul ryan, then governor scott walker. a front-page story in "the baltimore sun," saying he would seek office himself, and others.
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james is following the story from politico. hohmann is joining us live on the phone. thank you for joining us. guest: thank you. host: is nothing more than a beauty contest. was veryis straw poll close. it's sort of codify our view that when and paul and marco rubio are the two fan favorites right now with the grass roots. marco rubio -- everybody expected rand paul would win the straw poll, including people who did not support him, especially coming out of this filibuster last week, so i think some people were surprised at how close it was, paul getting one- quarter of the votes and marco rubio getting one-quarter of the votes. rick santorum only got 8%, so it was quite a drop-off.
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they spoke back-to-back on thursday. that thatware for now is where they are hanging their hopes. host: getting attention, a doctor is spoke at the conference, ben carson. he may be running for office. raise he, and how did he to the national stage like this? guest: he was the poorest surgeon to separate conjoined twins. he is a johns hopkins hospital neurosurgeon, very successful in his field, and he is going to retire in the next few months. that was already set to happen, and he is a conservative, and so he challenged the president at the prayer breakfast, and he has been very, very good at dishing out the red meat, and the crowd
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at cpac loved him. he was a very vibrant in his speech to the president, which a lot of the politicians have not really been doing that much now that the election is over, and so, he got a better reception than maybe anybody else, just in terms of an exciting everyone, and so it was notable that in the straw poll he did as well as he did. host: also, sarah palin, the previous nominee, a headline this morning, sarah palin brings down the house at the conference, and she is pictured in newspapers around the country gulp.he big what was that the >> it was a great prop. they were criticizing michael bloomberg, going after the many mentality, as she sees it, and
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she has had a much lower profile since the election. she is not on television. she no longer has a television contract. but the crowd still loved her. she had a lot of very funny jokes for this audience. among thelly not seen conservative activists as a politician so much anymore as sort of a thought leader in the movement or an entertainer is not the right word, but moving in that direction. host: and this is the headlines from "new york daily news." here is more with the former vice-presidential nominee, sarah palin. >> we are here --
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[video clip] >> we are here to rebuild a country. we are not here to did it ourselves to new talking points coming from d.c. we are not here to put a fresh coat of rhetorical paint on. is anment giveaways, that game we will never, ever win. we are here to restore america, and the rest is dramatics. the rest is sound and fury. it is just making noise. host: sarah palin at the cpac conference. below this, a photograph of sarah palin with the freshman senator from texas. , he has been getting a lot of -- he has been getting a lot of attention.
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this and the high-powered weapons. he credits sarah palin in helping in the senate primary last year, so he was the keynote speaker of the entire conference, and sarah palin asked him to also introduce her, so he came and gave a very friendly, favorable introduction of sarah palin, crediting her with a really helping conservatives get elected. host: where does this movement go next? it was pointed out back in the 1970's, cpac insisted of about 125 people. it has grown over the years and became a favorite stop of ronald reagan, first as a candidate, and then as president. what is next? guest: there is a divide. the conservative movement has become much bigger than it was
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in the 1970's. the republican party. the straw poll results are popularity contests, to be sure, but they are also a window into , and the people, the 3000 that voted in the straw poll, many of them would have supported ron paul in the past. another one-quarter are more traditional conservatives. about one-tenth or more are social conservatives. that is their primary issue. the social conservatives were those who supported rick santorum, so you have these wings of the party, and on these issues, they all agree, but on some issues, especially the social ones, there is going to be conflicts, especially over the next few years, as the party tries to determine the next
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election. coveringmes hohmann, the cpac conference, up early. he has been getting a lot of attention in political circles, and his work is available on- line at politico dot com. thank you for being with us. >> thank you. >> steve king and michele bachmann and former house speaker newt gingrich where among the speakers saturday at the conference. this is about one hour, 20 minutes. the to six years ago, national debt was not a big deal, and then a grass-roots movement, known as the tea party, began to emerge. [cheers and applause] and what made the tea party so
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effective is not only did it come from the grass roots, but it had three priorities, including fiscal responsibility, limited government, and free markets. because of the tea party, we were able to put candidates like michele bachmann into congress so they can make sure that congress will not continue to spend my generation's money. we need to save the tea party so that we can save america. ladies and gentlemen, please welcome a representative for the tea party patriots. ♪ coming up ♪ >> thank you. picture this. college students who are optimistic about this future and look forward to living the american dream. they becomege,
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parents and put food on the table for their children, save for their retirement, and still have money left for leisure activities and vacations. become senior citizens, they know their retirement is a secure, backed by a strong, a sound dollar. needs are metare with the best quality health care on the planet, and they are at peace, knowing their life's accomplishments will be passed on to their children and grandchildren. imagine. our country, the most charitable country on earth. and those who are not able to take care of themselves, are uninsured, or hit hard times due to unemployment benefit from
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america's charitable, generous, giving spirit. visualize a future where the economy is growing at a steady pace, entrepreneurs are building businesses, taking risks, innovating, investing, employing millions of americans come and as they employ these americans, they move them up the economic ladder. we are able to pay off our debt. they are confident and proud of their country. partys a vision tea patriots have for america's future. [cheers and applause]
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a constitutionally limited, fiscally responsible government, where free markets thrive. [applause] and for this vision, we have been mocked, marginalized, and maligned by president obama, nancy pelosi's, and majority leader harry reid. and people from the republican establishment, like senators john mccain and lindsey graham. our are contemptuous of vision, and our vision is distinctly different from today's reality. our country is $17 trillion in debt, and we are headed to bankruptcy. our gross domestic
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product shrunk, and wall street profits it. seven out of the 10 wealthiest counties in america are right here in boom town d.c. like "the hunger games." corrupted deals are standard operating procedure. yet, in the heartland, and in point is in the double digits. is in doublent digits. when obamacare is fully enacted, a million people will lose their current health insurance. bemillion people will still uninsured. have toily of four will pay $20,000 per year for the cheapest health-care plan.
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studies show that medicaid surgical patients today are far more likely to die than those that have no insurance at all. ae affordable care act is con. in reality, it is not affordable, callous, and cool. -- cruel. our attributes will be the that died.- patients most of our elected officials do not know how to even solve the problems facing our country today. establishment are contented to attend cocktail parties,
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clinking glasses, toasting one another, while we suffer. .he contrast is clear is this the america you want? wd says "no"] do you also foresee a better future? [applause] that stand fighters on freedom? our constitution is worth fighting for, because freedom is worth fighting for. [cheers and applause] and our principles are worth fighting for, because our principles will be a better future for all americans.
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tea party patriots want principles fighters -- principled fighters. ronald reagan attributed his victory to a set of principles, principles which were protected fewnourished by a unselfish americans through many grim and heartbreaking defeats. the reality today is grim and heartbreaking. but we have so many reasons to be encouraged, because we have unselfish americans who are protecting and nurturing our principles. like senator. paul. [cheers and applause] gomer.sman
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and if you steadfast, stalwart, a principal fighters on capitol , and principled fighters on capitol hill. [applause] those who helped coordinate our efforts to defend representative democracy in their state, as governor scott walker stood and acted on principle. [cheers and applause] one patriot stood at a town hall and challenged president obama, questioning his .emonization of the tea party
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isis no surprise that he from iowa. there is another from iowa. president obama and nancy pelosi on capitol hill and defends the tea party, and for this, karl rove threatened to primary him. cindyrty patriots gave the name "sunshine cindy," because she is one of the most have become a cheerful patriots that we know. michele bachmann inspired this mother of two to stand on principle and run for elective office. a stateindy is representative in minnesota. another organized a grass roots
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tea party coalition in the unlikely, deep blue state of washington. talkingt door-to-door, about taxes and other items, and they flip them to a fiscally responsible majority, is. -- and they flipped them. the torch of liberty, the constitution in our country, will they perish or last? if we stand and speak for our principles, if we show americans our vision for the future, if we fight for freedom, our country will last. [applause] glasses with a powerful elite? the face ofnk in
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opposition? or will you stand boldly on principle? patriots, stand with us and fight for freedom, fight for our constitution, fight with us for the rights endowed by our creator, life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness, fight for a better future, like ronald reagan did, like. paul, michele bachmann, scott walker. tea party patriots around this country do it every day. when you stand and fight, we will stand with you. when they fight on capitol hill, together, we will have their back. we will stand and fight for those who fight for us.
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fight for freedom. fight for a better future. fight. thank you so much. god bless you. god bless america. ♪ faces in theat the rearaview mirror ♪ is so mynstant theme generation can prosper. there is too much bipartisanship. toh parties are wanting throw my future way, spending
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money we do not have. standing up against republicans and democrats so that my generation does not have to inherit the trillions and trillions of dollars of debt. one of those is from iowa, someone who has stood up to constitutionally limited government and responsibility and has the courage to call a and weican a rhino welcome him from iowa. ♪ thank you. good morning. good morning, cpac. when i walked into the building a few days ago, people came up to me to say, "and thanks for giving us energy an
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inspiration." what are you talking about? i get that from you. there are those that are undermining american exceptionalism. but i had some thoughts that i wanted to start out with, and it was about three weeks ago. i am with a group that negotiates. i was sitting in a conference, and they had an expert on the middle east there, and he began to talk to us about how the muslim brotherhood and the arabs bring that has taken place, and summer and fall and maybe another spring, that is according to him a hollow ideology, and they are willing to die for what they believe in, and i listened to that, and i thought, i have gone to church here in western europe, and there are museums, if americans do not go over there, there are
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museums every day but sunday, and where is the hollow ideology? i listened to one of those representatives say to us that he had inadvertently -- as a christian, everyone suspected his agenda was rooted in his christian beliefs and that he in any waye seen other than coming from that. watching it come back to the united states, a look at the agenda that has been coming out of congress recently, and it seems to me to be a hollow agenda. there is a lot more to this country than buy, sell, trade, make a game. pillar ofalism is a american exceptionalism, but it is not the sole point, and it is not the only piece of the picture of a shining city on a
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hill. [applause] the things we believe in we believed in for generations, in fact centuries. the founding fathers understood this. they saw this and said these liberties come from god. they shaped the united states of america in that vision and in that image and we know what the pillars of american exceptionalism are. many of them are in the bill of rights, to bear and -- to keep and bear arms. i can't think of any of these aren't under assault by a bunch of leftist. that does offend me. i think it is time to step up and defend our values and defend
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with the conservativism. i will stand with all the people who want to rebrand the republican party but i invite them to come over with us and work with us over the full spectrum of constitutional conservativism, including life and marriage and the rule of law. [applause] on the life question. it is simple. i went through the toughest election of my life last fall. i had cameras around me from st. patrick's day to november 6. they were trying to get a second or a minute to run against me in a single ad. they did not get one second, by the way. of they are in the business try to say i did not back up any
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issue. we battled against life. is human life sacred in all of its forms? yes, it is. at one moment does life begin? at conception. the people on the other side of this question dare not answer either one of those question, they know they lose the debate. i stood on life and i stood on marriage. [applause] and the thing that a bunch of people are backing away from these challenge don't seem to realize, i'm still standing. [applause] why is that? i did not run a campaign on jobs in the economy, jobs in the economy, and beat that drum until i beat people into sleep. that is part of it but the rest of this has to be added together or we can never reconstruct this country. we will never get the pillars of
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exceptionalism unless we have the whole puzzle. we need to strength our faith nd restore our families. obamacare has got to go. [applause] we can't let up on obamacare. and believe that somehow we going to move to that side because roads are bigger and it is an unconstitutional taking nd it has got to go. now, ronald reagan only let me down a couple of times in eight years. ne of those was in 1986. i heard he signed the amnesty act of 1986 but it is was on the promise that there would be law
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enforcement and a million people would be legalized but then, from there on forward the law would be enforced. i made sure i kept my records right waiting for the i.n.s. to show up at my office. i never saw them. nether did thousands of businesses but the enforcement in reagan era was the greatest enforcement now the rule of law is so eroded with regard to immigration. i heard a couple of days ago we want to provide this comprehensive immigration reform. after we restore rule of law, he is telling us after they restore the rule of law by waiving, they have eroded the rule of law. the republicans have forgotten by -- two of every three are democrats. this is a political agenda and
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the president came to us and say i'm trying to help you republicans. i'm not buying it. i remember 1986. i know the rule of law is more important and can't afford to be sacrificed. i know the ronald reagan said the shining city on capitol hill he never said that is our destination. that is who we are. there is a destination for us, if we're going to build it it is t a higher altitude. it is on all of the pillars of american exceptionalism. that is what i challenge all of you. join me in restoring the pill lars of american exceptional -- pillars of american exceptionalism. for people think the words of
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self-deportation cost the presidency, i would suggest that he pillars of american exceptionalism like detroit or chicago you go live in those areas. we have a country to rebuild together. thank you. thanks so much. [applause] >> i usually get in a lot of debates with teachers and professions. i'm going to give you a tip on how to debate. if they say liberalism works, just say look at illinois. i'm from illinois. let me tell you, if you want to see liberal policies at work, come to illinois. here is $100 billion funded in pensions.
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"time" magazine rated it a one one of the three most corrupt governments in the world. number one was venezuela, number two was north korea, number three was illinois. if i take a drive north i get a smile on my path and i pass into the dairy state. [applause] i get a smile because i know i'm in a state that has a leader. a state that has a lead their stood up to special interests. that looked the unions in the eye and made reforms that were not popular at the time but are proven effective. conservativists can look at the governor of wisconsin as a model. you can be courageousous and win with more votes enthan you did the last time after you were called out and went through a
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recall. [applause] as a student, we need more leaders like scott walker. as conservatives, we need to promote people like scott walker to run for office and encourage him to continue. ladies and gentlemen, i'm honored to introduce governor scott walker. get on your feet. thank you so much. [applause] > thank you. good morning. thank you for coming out and thank you for your support. so many of you helped us out along the way, with your calls, you coming to wisconsin and knocking on doors, and your financial support. thank you for your prayers me and my family appreciate it from
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the bottom of my heart. [applause] we should all remember that the federal government did not create the states. the states created the federal government. [applause] these were the words of president ronald reagan in his first inaugural address. as a governor, i love those words. i love those words more than ever right now. they should remind us that real reform does not happen in the nation's capital it happens in our state houses across this great country. [applause] think about it. back in my state, welfare reform happened in the states. it took a couple times to get but newt gingrich finally got bill clinton to sign it into law. when ronald reagan was tnt president but the governor of california and tax reform
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happened in that state. when ronald reagan was the president and signed the law that slashed marginal tax breaks. real reform happened in the states. this was mentioned yesterday, in america there are 30 states that are republican governors and nearly as many that have republican legislatures. [applause] that's the good news. the good news is we have success and it is happening in our states and we can learn from that to tell our friends in washington how to move forward. in the state, to be successful we have to optimistic, relevant, and we have to be courageous. rest me talk to you about those three things. when it talks about being inspirational and optimistic is one thing that is interesting, when i first ran for gofer. when i say first, because who
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would have v thought i would be elected twice in the same term. [laughter] i conducted a job interview. i interviewed the people of my state to be their c.e.o. i spoke about the fiscal crisis that our state faced and alaid out a plan to fix it. wisconsin at the time, all democrats were in control had gone through a state where wisconsin had faced a multibillion $budget deficit. we saw some of the record jobs will we've seen in the past. what did we do? we took that $3.6 billion and -- half a billion surplus. we lowered the overall taxes for the first time in years. taxes on homes have gone down in
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each of the last two years. [applause] but when it comes to jobs under my predecessors terms wisconsin lost 300,000 jobs and just 10% of our employers were headed in the right direction. today we're gaining jobs and 93% of the employers says that wisconsin is heading in the right direction. we can leave with an optimistic message. simply put in we showed in our election who do you want in charge, the big government or do you want the hard working taxpayers, the hard working taxpayers win out and they will win out over and over again. in america, we need to show an optimistic message that we're not standing with the big businesses of america, we're standing with the hard-working taxpayers and this is the message that can resonate
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throughout this country. [applause] now, in addition to being optimistic we need to be relevent. what do i mean by that? in politics we talk in words like sequesters and fiscal cliffs. people in wisconsin, they talk to me about things my neighbor who has been out of work for six months be able to find a job? will by daughter or son graduating from college are think go to find a job after they are done with college? for many, the question is simply put, will my schools perform to the ability that my kids can get a great education? that is one of the challenges we took on. it is interesting -- a couple years ago before i was governor this because young woman who wisconsin in a community called
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milwaukee. milwaukee schools are some of the most challenged in the country. this was a first year teach who was named outstanding teacher of the year. she got noticed about that a week later she got a second notice. do you know what that notice was? she got laid off. they cut funding in education so when you have less money in those situations, even though she was named one of the best teachers in the state in her profession. she was one of the first to be laid off. why? under the old system of collective bargains, the last hired is the first fired. we not only changed collective bargaining we changed it so no longer senior or tenure, in our state we hire and fire based on merit rit. [applause]
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we're the ones who want to go forward. that is about being relevant. sometimes we can see the arguments on the other side. we're the ones who care about fixing things. we care about putting more money in the classroom. not only did we change seniority we changed thicks that they can change their health care. in america, we need to talk about things that are relevant to where people are and then provide solutions to do that. we need to be optimistic and relevant. most importantly, we need to be courageous. hopefully we did that in wisconsin when it calm to the bargain reform and education reform. but also i want to tackle in our state and encourage others to do in other states, maybe encourage
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a few more in the nation's capitol is entitlement reform. [applause] or as i like to call it moving people from government dependents to true independence. we don't need to concede that argument. when you think about that, what is more important? it is part of the reason why we made the decision about medicaid not the take the medicaid expansion. i said i don't want to reduce the number insured but i want to reduce the number of people who are on medicaid. i want more people in the market because they have jobs and opportunity because that means true freedom and prosperity not more government dependent. we didn't do it with just medicaid, we did with it unemployment benefits. rewired people to go out and look for jobs more than they did
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in the past. we were one of the 46 states up until last year that had a waiver from the federal government for able bodied adults to get food stamps to not have requirement to get worked. every state in america people are getting food stamps who are abled body citizens, not elderly, without children, able bodied adults who don't have to be required to look for work or be in a position where they are being trained to be prepared for work. i changed that. if you're in wisconsin and your able bodied, there is 75,000 in this category, if you want food stamps you have to work or be signed up for training so you can get a job when a job is available. [applause] now, you can only imagine what the left said about that. the governor hates poor people. the governor hates poor people.
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he is macing it harder to get government benefits. i love the people of my state. i love them so much i don't want them to be permanently dependent on the government and make it harder to find -- i don't want to make it harder to get government assistance, i want to make it easier to get a job. that is what this is all about. [applause] let me give you a great example of why this is so important. let me give you a story to tell you why this is so important. a young woman named elizabeth in our state. tough times, single mom in milwaukee signed up for food stamps. before we changed our waiver process. up for oluntary to sign the employment training. she did so well that they got
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her the training she needed to be a nursing assistant. i asked that elizabeth be part of the ceremony when i announced i was changing that. that night she had gone back to be training to be a nurse because she understood the dignity it took to work. [applause] a conservatives we should not take a backseat to anybody. it is not just about balancing budgets. it is not just about getting the economy going again. that is the other side. is president, his allies
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measure success by how many people are dependent on the government. we measure by the opposite. how many people are no longer dependent on the government not because we kicked them out to the street because we understand in this country, the true way to abouthe american dream is empowering people through the dignity of work to control their own destiny with the benefits of a job and the private sector that brings true freedom and prosperity. [applause] in america, -- america people don't grow up dreaming they are going to be dependent on the government. in america, people don't come to this country because they want to be dependent on the government. in america they live the american dream where you work hard and get a good education and you pass it and to future generations you can live the true life of freedom and process
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prosperity. in america, we take a day off and celebrate the 4th of july and not the 15th of april. [applause] don't back down. don't take your foot off the gas. it is time to take all of america that true reform comes with an optimistic message but a courageous message that says america we believe in the people and not in the government. thank you and god bless you. [applause]
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>> my grandfather grew up in chicago and he died in 1976. i never had a chance to meet him. he has been voting democrat in chicago since 1980. the point of that story is, don't let someone else vote for you in the straw poll you should go vote for yourself. it is important that our voices are head. the results of the straw poll always make national headlines. it makes no longer than seven to 10 minutes. what is going none our education system is scary. i got a text message if the in r day from a student texas. at the top it said, redistribute the wealth as a way to teach the principle. this is in our math classs?
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in my public high schools outside of chicago, paul krugman wrote our economic textbooks. he writes the majority textbooks in this country. it is important to reach out and fight back. at makes me excited to ntroduce our next speaker. it is so important that with reach out the young people even using colored illustrations. if they can't read, read to them. if we don't teach them history the liberals will do it for us. m honored to introduce callista gingrich. [applause]
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♪ >> thank you. thank you for that warm welcome. it is great to be here at the 40th annual cpac conference. ever since the first conference cpac has been a gathering of ideas, activists, candidates and leaders. this year is bigger, more energetic, and wider ranging than ever. the fact that there are 23 names in the presidential straw poll tells us how dynamic and wide open the current situation is. one year ago, many of us thought that president obama would lose. that the republicans would win the senate. conservatives would be in the middle of big changes for america. for most of us, election night was a very sobering experience. now, we are in the middle of a
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great discussion about the future of conservativism. the future of the republican party and most importantly, the future of america. newt and i and the entire team at the gingrich productions are dedicated for fighting if for ideas that have made america great. we are delighted to have three f our documentary films with citizens united here this weekend. in fact, newt and i will be introducing "america at risk" later this afternoon. we're very proud of our association with our producer and our writer and director. since the campaign, newt and i have been involved in several projects that celebrate the greatness of america. we are currently working on a new documentary entighted, "god
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loves you the life of billy graham." focusing on the wife and legacy of one of the most influencial religious leaders in our nation's history. [applause] newt and i are both writing books as well. as some of you know, i write children's history books featuring a time traveling character. rumor has it will be here later this morning. i will like to thank all of you to help share the american history through the books. it is gratifying to see so many eople enjoying them. newt is also working on a new book about the pioneers of the future who improve our lives and
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the prisoners of the past who seem to dominate washington. he is also developing online courses at newt university for every american who wants a eer, safer, and more prosperous future. please join me in welcoming former speaker of the house and my husband newt gingrich. [applause] >> thank you all of you to come out here on a saturday morning after a big and important banquet last night. hank you for introducing me.
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hasn't this been a remarkable cpac so far? the biggest ever. i want to congratulate alfred and the team at cpac who put this together. you just heard from one example why i'm optimistic about the future. scott walker is a great governor introducing great ideas. [applause] all across america, governors are doing the innovative, new solution things that barack obama is opposing in washington, d.c. and the contrast couldn't be more vivid. i came this morning because i need your help, i think the country needs your help, the republican party and the conservative movement need your help. we're in a 50-year struggle for the conservative movement in the republican peat. let me be clear. the republican establishment is just plain wrong about how to
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approach politics. republicans in solving problems is plain wrong. are e who have been here raising the right kind of questions. monday the republican national committee will produce a report on the initial changes. that report will be an important first step. i want to female size, it is a first step. -- emphasize it is a first step. the first republican president posed the challenge for all of us in december 1862. lincoln wrote the following to the congress "can we do better? the dogmas of the quiet past are in adequate to the stormy present.
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the occasion is piled high with difficulty and we must rise with the occasion. as our case is new so we must think anew and act anew. we must disenthrull ourselves and then we will save the country." we're in the same place again. we must disenthrall ourselves from a culture that believes politics can be reduced to raise money to attack someone. you're going to hear a false attack that we don't need ideas. we don't need new principles. we need lots of ideas about how to implement those principles in the 21st century. governor walker gave you examples. we need to find ways to empower
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people to level post-. we need to them power small businesses to create jobs. we need to get government are out of the way. we need ideas how to create those principles. i tried to figure out how to make the idea vivid. i brought two props. i brought an original source of light that is about 5,000 years old and something that was invented in the late 19th century. i want to show you how big it is in politics. if we were still in the age of the candle with barack obama and the modern left. first of all, we would have studies how many poor people couldn't afford candles. then we would have a focus on a candle redistribution law. then we would have the candle making union asking to block the
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making of the electric light. then we would have groups based in san francisco arguing that electric lights will endanger the environment and we'll have at least three lawyers running ads that say you can be killed by electricity. if someone tries to put electricity if n your house call us and we'll sue them for you. both parties are prisoners of the past. they are trapped in the ideas nd mind set. they they are all trapped in the age of candles. the first effort in electric light was 1800. in 189 thomas edson's laboratory had the first successful electric light. it lasted 13.5 hours.
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within a few months, edson hit and using carbonized bamboo the first practical light lasted 1,200 hours. this is the spirit we have lost. it seems determined to avoid thinking about it. edson said "we will make electricity so cheap that only the rich will burn candles." [laughter] [applause] i want to tell you that i've been trying to get the house of representatives to understand they can video v a hearing every week on the future and every committee and sub committee. they can be contrasting the burekic candle that are trapped with all the break throughs and
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it is impossible to get people in washington, d.c. to actually learn how to think about a new world. i commend all of you -- [applause] go to gingrich productions.com and you will see a letter i wrote entitled "pioneers of the future versus prisoners of the pafts." we stand today on the edge of a great future but washington is blind to it in both parties. now, wane to ask you to find the pioneers of the future. when you see new ideas, new developments, let us know. we're going to try to develop a new university courses, we would love for you to take a course, a ate a workshop, or teach class. we need your help. this is a 50-year struggle.
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october 27, 1964, ronald reagan national television. you and i are told we have to choose between a left and a right. i suggest there is no such thing as a left or a right. this is reagan. there is only an up or down. up, man's old dream. the ultimate and individual freedom consistent with law and order. tarlism.o the told regardless of their sincerity those who will trade our freedom for security has embarked on this downward course. he says this is the issue of this election. whether we believe in our capacity for self-government or we abandon the american revolution and confess to the little intellectual leap to a far distant capitol can plan our lives bet than we can plan them for ourselves. the best single book on moving
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out of bureaucracycy where you the citizen is empowered to solve your own problems. this talks about where we are in the republican party. the best book from the former mayor of san francisco and it is called "citizenville." everyone should read it because it is a textbook on all the opportunities in information age to get rid of government and replace it. but it embraces the new world and the pioneers who are creating the future who are not trapped in the past. reagan came to cpac, probably the most important cpac speech. he said "people look for a ourse to believe in. " now i believe that i'm arguing that part of that clarity has to
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be a better future for all americans with new ideas and new solutions that take the principles of our of the constitution and liberate us as a people to create a 21st century that is extraordinary. [applause] i would encourage every republican and every conservative to read two essays by urban crystal in the "wall street journal." he wrote the stupid party. i'm not sure if bobby was quoting him but it is sobering. i ran for congress the second time in 1976. it is sobering to me to be a senior member of the party to tell you that from 1976 to 2013 we have the dominant wing of the house and we have learned
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nothing. [applause] out i want every republican to read it "the republican future" and take seriously, we're not in the business to balance the budget as the book account ants of the liberals. we're in the business to reshape the budget and create a new and better future with a balanced budget and a small are government is more effective to give people better lives and that is a much bigger fight over numbers it is a fight over values. [applause] a governor said in january, "we must stop being this stupid party. we have to stop dumbing down our ideas for 30-second ads. we must be willing to provide details." i commend the governors because
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they are living it out every day. senator rand paul said the g.o.p. of all of this grows stale. b bush last night began to offer a dramatic vision of a more inclusive republican party that does, in fact, enter the age of the light bulb and you saids there is no red, there is no blue. there is 311 million americans that deserve a party that wants them to have a better future and that ought to be the republican party. [applause] we are not the anti-obama movement. we're for a better american future with greater safety and freedom. we're empowering vimmings and not empowering brucks. -- bureaucracy.
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there are dozens of new areas we're about to break out and we're going to have a better opportunity. in this city and both parties are blind to the great potential of this country. i want to say one thing in closing because principleses do matter. we need your help. we need your help at the newt university. we're going to start a course with driverless cars. and what many opportunities over the next few months on what lessons to learn about republicans. i do believe that we ought to focus on the right to rise because we want every american to have a better future. i also believe, we should stand for the right to life because that's the accredit to the right to rise. [applause] i am very excited to watch pope francis, who i believe is going to challenge all of us.
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[applause] he's going to challenge the left on social policy and he's going to challenge the right on thinking about the poor. i think that is good for all of us. i think we need to decide that we both want people to have the right to life. then we have to figure out the right to empower and have the right to have a good life. we will be inevitable the majority party in the united states. thank you. good luck and god bless you. [applause] ♪ >> about two months ago we
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figured out how much each high os to the uate government. think about what it might be. each high school graduate i $23,000. owes too many republicans and democrats have agreed to continuely raise the debt ceiling that can exit. the next speaker has been an outspoken advocate to not raise the debt ceiling so our children do not inherit a debt-ridden future. the next speaker has been outspoken for the unilateral repeal for obamacare. [applause] more so than anything else, our next speaker is one of the most courageous conservatives in the country.
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she stands for principle, she will oppose a republican just like she will oppose a democrat. she's fighting if the future of the country so my generation can prosper. ladies and gentlemen please join me in welcoming congresswoman michelle bachman. [applause] >> good morning. good to see you. good morning. love you too! good morning. welcome, everyone. thank you for that wonderful cpac early morning welcome. welcome to washington, d.c. the epicenter of care and compassion. it is a very unique city as you know.
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you have to show a photo i.d. in other words to have a white house tour then they turn around and demand you put away your i.d. before you vote for the man sitting in the white house. it is a city of care and compassion. i want to ask you an important question this morning. who is it in your life that you can think of that really does care about you? who is that? ok. pretty safe bet, mom and dad. pretty safe bet. your dog. you can always count on your dog. you can never count on your cat. [laughter] that's a given. but i want you to know with absolute confidence who it is that does care about you. it is this movement this representative in this room all across the country. it is a movement that
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fundamental cares so deeply and so personally about protecting innocent human life, about great institutions like the family, about a growing economy, about ensuring we have a strong national defense. we care about these things so much because fundamental, we have are the people who truly care about people. we love people in this country. we want everyone to succeed in this country. [applause] because you see, we want everyone to have the best possible life they could have, white, black, hispanic, young immigrants, old immigrants, male, female, we want everyone to succeed. we need everyone to succeed in this cub. that's our community. because when you get lifted up in our community, then we get
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lifted up too. that's how it works about it. that's why we care about you. that's why we want to make sure that gasoline costs $2 a gallon rather than $4 a gallon. we can make that a reality if retwy. that's why we care that your sister and your mother has her second amendment right so she has the ability to protect erself against the harmful criminals. it's because we care about her. it is growing momente of people who care about all americans. this is a story that i want to tell you and it is painful for me to tell you. it is a story about not caring. it happened last september 111. when one of the most shameful incidents in the history of the american prosecutorcy took place.
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-- presidency. our beamcy in benghazi, libya was attacked. for the next seven and half hours americans trapped in benghazi were begging our government for help but help never came. two former navy seals ran like the american heroes they were not from the sound of gunfire but toward the sound of gunfire. -- ne woods, glen doherty [applause]
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tie robe woods, glen doherty were not at the compound when the shooting began. because they cared and they chose to go to the aid of their brothers, for seven hours these men fought with incredible skill and courage. they saved many american lives that night. they fought for their friends, they fought for their colleagues, they fought for our country. throughout that awful night they continued to radio their government begging for help but their govement never sthenlt hat help and -- government never sent help. after that call, the president conversed with his advisers for 30 minutes that we learned in the testimony of the senate hearing. then the president apparently
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disappeared. a war was raging in benghazi for hours and all we know is that our president went awol. while cries from american soldiers went unanswered no one knows yet today where the president was. it gives me no pleasure to tell you that the next morning, after our ambassador was dead, after three other americans were killed, our president flew to veggals and -- vegas and he met with beyonce and jay-z to campaign for his re-election. how could anyone do something like that and claim they care? two weeks later the president went to new york city where he stood behind a podium at the united nations and he told the
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delegates "the future must not belong to those that consult the prophet of islam." what the president should have done is slam his fist and say in no uncertain terms, the future does not belong to the low life murders who kill innocent americans. [applause] the future belongs to americans who are willing to lay their lives down on the line to protect our right of free speech. we will never give up that right. just like we will never give up our second amendment rights either. [applause]
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that would have been from our president a message of caring. meanwhile here at home, our nation is facing what will likely be the biggest nonmilitary crisis in our history. the president has presided over war. by s a war on the young putting us $6 trillion more in debt. that is not caring about you or your future or caring about america. we have enemies that are conducting deadly cyber attacks against us and the president continues to borrow billions of dollars from them. that is not caring about us. this is a generational injustice of epic proportions. it is the greatest transfer of wealth in human history if the young starting to begin their lives to whoever the president
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wishes to give our money. how does that help the poor? how does that help the poor when federal bureaucrats are earning higher salaries than the average person who doesn't a government job. here's the truth that the president won't tell you. of every dollar that you hold in your hand 70 cents of that dollar that is supposed to go to the poor doesn't. it actually goes to benefits the bureaucrats in washington, d.c., 70 cents on the dollar. that is how the president's caring works in practice. $7 for theod stamps, bureaucrats who are supposed to take care of the poor. so with all due respect, i ask you, how does this show that our president cares about the poor? now we all believe that the
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president and the first family wall w all seriousness do deserve the best security that we can get them. they deserve to live in the white house and they deserve to fly on a private plane. there is a problem. there is a new book out that shows the perks and the excess of the $1.4 billion presidency that we're paying for. we're finding out there is are five chefs on air force one. there are two projectionists who on operate the white house movie theater. they sleep at the white house in other words to be available in case the first family wants a really, really late show. i don't mean to be petty can't they just push the play button? [applause]
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we are also the one who is are paying for someone to walk the president's dog. paying to walk the president's dog. why are we doing that when we can't get a disabled veteran into the white house for a white house tour? [applause] that suspect carrying. carry caring. we cared when we had an epidemic of polio that was sweeping our nation. the annual cost to deal with polio would be something like $100 billion a year. if you translate that into today's dollars you're talking like $1 trillion. those huge costs did not happen to us. why, because someone cared. because a doctor teamed up with
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a private charity and they developed the famous vac soon and they gave that vaccine to president eisenhower. he cared and he widely distributed that drug across the united states. not only did that stop polio it saved our american budget. today, we spend nothing on polio. this is a caring story. we have another decide that is hurting us today. it is called alzheimer's. five million americans suffer from alzheimer's and this number is expected to triple in the next 40 years. the cost to deal with alzheimer's today is $172 billion. the cost in 4 years to take care of alzheimer's is projected to be $20 trillion. that is a figure that is greater than our entire national debt
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today. by the way, there is no known treatment for alzheimer's on the horizon. all of that $20 trillion will be spent on care because it is a humanitarian necessity. we must take care of people. but a smarter strategy would be to develop a cure. that is caring. scientists tell us we can could have a cure in 10 years for alzheimer's if we only put our mind to it. why aren't we seeing to cure seases like alzheimer's, cancer, parkinson's disease? how did we get to this point of political malpractice? because our government proclaiming to care so much has -- overzell you regulators and greedy litigaters.
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that is not caring. it is time we care. [applause] we don't need a big government to develop these cures. what we need is big innovation, big growth, big ideas, that's america. we have smartphones today. reach in your pocket you have it right there. that can double as your personal medical bud. you can have an app on our phone and have your fission and d -- physician and your pharmacist as close as your phone. can anyone tell me why it is that the people who call themselves progressives are the last people who want to have progress? they are the people who fear progress. [applause] you see, we are the movement that embraces change. we are the people who care about
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people. because we care about people, we love people. this debate has to be more about just cutting budgets versus raising taxes. when we adopt a strategy of caring about people, then we'll legalize american energy production. then we'll get gas at $2 a gallon. we will make sure your sister has the second amendment rights to keep herself safe and we'll make sure that we're innovating and growing our way into the new cures because we have the uniquely american life blood as our signature. what that is doing right by the next generation. we all benefitted by the medical and innovative break threws. they were gifts -- breakthroughs. they were gifts to us. it is our duty to pay it forward for the next generation.
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it is our duty to grow a scientific progress and our innovation is what we need as our gift and our legacy to the next generation. we do it because we love. we do it because we care. this is who we are. this is our movement. the movement of love. the movement of care. we do this because we love each other and because we love our nation. god bless you. god blows the united states of america. [applause] >> next "q&a" with fred barnes. then david cameron takes questions from the house of commons. after that a debate between ucker karlson and paul begala.